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Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians

Live Summary, Match 45, Indian Premier League, 2020, October 25, 2020
RR 196/2 (18.2)
Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets
MI 195/5 (20)
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CRR: 9.75
Commentary :
18.2 : Rajasthan did not start well with the bat as they lost Uthappa early and Smith did not last long as well. There would have been alarm bells ringing as Stokes was not in good form coming into this game just like Samson but they proved everyone wrong as Stokes was magnificent as he reached his century and took Rajasthan home. It was just mesmerizing to watch as he took the bowlers apart. This is the Stokes that we all have come to know and Rajasthan would hope that he continues to perform like thi
That's all from this game! What a performance from Rajasthan and they have ensured that they stay alive in this tournament. Mumbai, on the other hand, would not fret much as they have 3 games to go and they are a top side and can make a comeback after this demoralizing loss. On Monday, 26th October 2020, we see Kolkata go up against Punjab. The action will begin at 1800 local (1400 GMT). Join us for that. Until then, cheers and take care. 
Take a bow, Ben Stokes! Everyone knows what he is capable of and he has proved again that what a destructive player he is. He along with Sanju Samson has taken Rajasthan to a victory over Mumbai by 8 wickets and 10 balls to spare. That was one kind of dominance in the run chase. Steven Smith will be a happy man.
Steven Smith, the Rajasthan skipper, says that he is very pleased with the performance and they talked about the experienced players to take the side home and Ben Stokes did just that. Says that Stokes took the game head on and he got into a nice groove in this game and played some good cricket shots. Tells that they did a lot of things right with the ball in the middle overs but the dropped catch proved costly as Hardik Pandya made them pay. Says that it is fortunate that they got over the l
Ben Stokes, the MAN OF THE MATCH, says that it felt bittersweet to be honest. Adds that he would have preferred to be back in form 2-3 games ago. States that the training that he had before this game was the best he had since he came to the UAE. Goes onto say the pitch was coming onto the bat nicely and he did not find it difficult. Adds that they tried to put pressure on the bowlers who came onto bowl. Tells that it has been a difficult time for him and hopes that his performance ga
Sanju Samson is there for a chat. He says that he kept on believing in himself and he worked on his game plan. Adds that it is amazing to bat with Stokes and he really enjoyed it. Goes onto say that they were not reacting to how much they needed but were looking to play at the merit of the ball and they wanted to be there till the end. Tells that he gave himself some time and he was looking for boundaries as well. Goes onto say that he reminded himself that he is a strong man and he is happy
Kieron Pollard, the Mumbai skipper, says that Rajasthan batted really well and credits Stokes and Samson for their innings. Adds that they could have taken a couple more wickets at the start and the spinners did not find much purchase from the surface. Goes onto say that they still have few games to go and they will look to come out positively. Says that Hardik Pandya keeps on showing that how good a player he is and he continued to fight. 
Mumbai's bowling was not upto the mark in this game. They picked up early wickets but failed to put pressure on Stokes and Samson and they were punished. Trent Boult had an off day while the spinners did not get much purchase from the surface and they did not find their right lines and lengths. Pollard tried everything but nothing seemed to work against the likes of Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson. Overall, it was a disappointing performance from Mumbai and they will need to regroup ahead of their n
Earlier in the day, Hardik Pandya's 60 off just 21 balls helped Mumbai reach 195 after being in trouble in the middle overs. He was absolutely brilliant with the bat and he took the bowlers apart. No one had a clue as to how to bowl to him on this wicket and he made merry. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav also contributed to the cause. Rajasthan bowlers were not upto the mark and it was only Gopal and Archer who did well while others faltered. But it proved to be not enough in the end as Ben
James Pattinson to Ben Stokes, FOUR! There's the game! What an innings! Full toss outside off, Stokes drives it through the extra cover region and picks up a boundary. RAJASTHAN WIN BY 8 WICKETS. 
17.6 : James Pattinson to bowl the 19th over.
18.16 : James Pattinson to Ben Stokes, SIX! CENTURY FOR BEN STOKES! Stokes has arrived to the Indian T20 League. It took some time but he has arrived. What an innings from Ben Stokes. Everyone thought that he is struggling to open but he has proved everyone wrong. He gets there in style as well. Short ball on middle, Stokes hammers the slog over the deep mid-wicket region for a maximum. 
17.6 : Trent Boult to Sanju Samson, Short ball outside off, Samson looks to cut but misses. 10 required from 2 overs.
17.5 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Short on the pads, Stokes pulls it to deep square leg and crosses over for a single.
17.4 : Trent Boult to Sanju Samson, Full on middle, Samson flicks it to short fine leg for a single.
17.3 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Short ball around off, Stokes works it to long on for a single.
17.2 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Full ball on off, Stokes plays it back to the bowler. 
17.1 : Trent Boult to Sanju Samson, Good length ball on off, Samson plays it to long off for a single.
16.64 : Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, EDGED AND FOUR! Everything Stokes touches is turning into gold! Short ball around middle, Stokes looks to pull but it takes the top edge and goes over the keeper's head for a boundary.
16.5 : Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, Short ball around middle, Stokes sways away from it.
16.4 : Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, Good length ball outside off, Samson drives it to deep cover for a single. 
16.3 : Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, Short ball on middle, Stokes pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
0.0 : An appeal for run out has been taken upstairs. Stokes is in though. 
16.2 : Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, NOT OUT! Stokes was in! Good length ball outside off, Stokes cuts it through the point region and wants a couple. The fielder throws it to the keeper who whips the bails off. The third umpire is called for and the replays show that he is well in. Stokes is into the 90s. 
16.1 : Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, Good length ball on the pads, Stokes flicks it to the deep square leg region and picks up a couple.
15.6 : DRINKS! What a performance so far from Ben Stokes and Rajasthan so far. They have taken Rajasthan close to a victory and they should get there easily. This has been a thorough performance from these two. Stokes is nearing his century while Samson has played beautifully. Mumbai need a miracle if they need to win this game. Can they make a comeback?
Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Full on middle, Stokes flicks it to the deep mid-wicket region and picks up a single.
15.54 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Poor bowling! This is really poor from Boult. Full ball on the pads, Stokes flicks it to the fine leg region for a boundary. 
15.4 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Good length ball on middle, Stokes works it to long on and takes a couple. 
15.34 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, EDGED AND FOUR! Everything is going Rajasthan's way at the moment! Good length ball outside off, Stokes looks to cut but it takes the top edge and it goes past the short third man fielder for a boundary.
15.2 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Low full toss on the pads, Stokes flicks it in front of square on the leg side for a couple.
0.0 : Trent Boult is back on.
15.1 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Good length ball outside off, Stokes plays it over extra cover and picks up a couple before the fielder cuts it off. 
14.6 : Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, FIFTY FOR SANJU SAMSON! He is back in form at the right time! Just what Rajasthan needed. Short ball on middle, Samson works it to deep square leg and picks up a couple. 39 needed from 5 overs.
14.54 : Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, FOUR! Full toss on the pads, Samson flicks it to the fine leg region for a boundary. 
14.44 : Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, FOUR! Poor ball from Bumrah! Short ball down the leg side, Samson pulls it to the fine leg region for a boundary. 
14.3 : Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, On a length outside off, Stokes punches it through the cover region for a single.
14.2 : Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, Slower short ball on middle, Samson pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
14.1 : Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, LEG BYE! Full ball on the pads, Stokes looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. A leg bye taken as the ball rolls to the leg bye. 
13.66 : Rahul Chahar to Sanju Samson, SIX! Samson and Stokes are on fire at the moment! Floated ball on middle, Samson dances down the track and powers it over long off for a biggie. 
13.54 : Rahul Chahar to Sanju Samson, FOUR! That is lovely from Sanju Samson! Back-to-back good overs for Rajasthan! Flatter ball outside off, Samson cuts it through the point region for a boundary.
13.4 : Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, Short ball on middle, Stokes pulls it to deep mid-wicket and gives Samson the strike.
13.36 : Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, SIX! Bang! Just terrific! Loopy ball on off, Stokes uses his feet and then lifts it over the bowler's head for a maximum. 
13.2 : Rahul Chahar to Sanju Samson, Tossed up outside off, Samson looks to drive but gets it off the inside half of the bat and it rolls to long on. A single taken.
13.1 : Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, Loopy ball on the pads, Stokes looks to sweep but it takes the pads and goes to short fine leg. A leg bye taken.
12.64 : James Pattinson to Sanju Samson, FOUR! Smart batting from Sanju Samson! Short ball outside off, Samson guides it to the third man region for a boundary. 71 needed from 7 overs. 
James Pattinson to Sanju Samson, WIDE! Down the leg side, Samson lets it go. Wide signalled.
12.56 : James Pattinson to Sanju Samson, SIX! Wow, phenomenal hit from Samson! Good length ball on off, Samson gets into position and then lifts it over long off for a biggie.
12.4 : James Pattinson to Ben Stokes, Very full on middle, Stokes looks to heave it away but gets it off the bottom half of the bat and it goes towards the leg side. A single taken. 
12.3 : James Pattinson to Ben Stokes, PLAY AND A MISS! Good length ball around middle, Stokes looks to play the scoop but misses.
12.2 : James Pattinson to Ben Stokes, A couple now! Ben Stokes is looking good! Full toss on middle, Stokes drives it past the bowler and picks up a couple before the fielder cuts it off. 
12.14 : James Pattinson to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Smashed! Brilliant stuff from Stokes! Good length ball outside off, Stokes hammers it through extra cover for a boundary.
11.6 : Rahul Chahar to Sanju Samson, Flighted delivery on off, Samson looks to scoop it but misses it. It goes safely towards the keeper.
11.5 : Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, On off, Stokes pushes it through covers for a single.
11.4 : Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, Floated delivery on middle, Stokes keeps it out.
11.3 : Rahul Chahar to Sanju Samson, Loopy ball on off, Samson drives it through covers for a run.
11.2 : Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, Flighted ball on off, Stokes pushes it through mid on for a run.
11.1 : Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, Tossed up delivery on off, Stokes looks to play at it but misses. 
10.6 : Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, An appeal for LBW turned down! Very full on the pads, Stokes looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. There is an appeal for LBW but turned down by the umpire. A leg bye taken as the ball rolls to the off side.
10.5 : Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, Very full ball outside off, Stokes digs it out towards cover.
10.4 : Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, Length ball on middle, Samson nudges it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
10.3 : Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, Good length delivery outside off, Stokes punches it to deep cover for a run.
10.2 : Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, Length ball on middle, Samson plays it past the bowler and takes a single.
0.0 : Jasprit Bumrah is back on. 1-0-12-0 are his figures so far.
10.2 : Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, WIDE! Short ball down the leg side, Samson lets it go to the keeper. Wided.
10.1 : Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, Good length ball outside off, Samson punches it to point.
9.64 : Krunal Pandya to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Fifty for Ben Stokes! His first this season and this has been a terrific innings. Can he take Rajasthan home? Flatter on middle, Stokes pulls and finds the gap between the deep mid-wicket region and the deep square leg region for a boundary. Good end to the over.
9.54 : Krunal Pandya to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Whacked! Moves to 49! This is the best of Ben Stokes we have seen this season. Full toss on middle, Stokes smashes it past the bowler and into the fence. 
9.4 : Krunal Pandya to Sanju Samson, Loopy ball on middle, Samson drives it to long off for a single.
9.3 : Krunal Pandya to Ben Stokes, Another full ball outside off, Stokes leaves it alone. De Kock fails to collect and the batters collect a bye. 
9.2 : Krunal Pandya to Ben Stokes, Very full ball outside off, Stokes lets it go. Not given as a wide.
9.1 : Krunal Pandya to Sanju Samson, Floated outside off, Samson drives it to deep cover for a single.
8.6 : Kieron Pollard to Sanju Samson, Full delivery on middle, Samson flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
Kieron Pollard to Sanju Samson, WIDE! Back of a length and wide outside off, Samson leaves it alone. It is wided by the umpire.
8.5 : Kieron Pollard to Ben Stokes, Back of a length on off, Stokes pushes it through mid off for a single.
Kieron Pollard to Ben Stokes, WIDE! Pollard bowls it down the leg side, Stokes leaves it alone.
8.4 : Kieron Pollard to Ben Stokes, Full ball outside off, Stokes looks to play the reverse sweep but misses it.
8.3 : Kieron Pollard to Sanju Samson, Full delivery on middle, Samson flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
8.2 : Kieron Pollard to Sanju Samson, Back of a length on middle, Samson flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
8.16 : Kieron Pollard to Sanju Samson, SIX! That is huge! Full delivery on off, Samson lofts it over long off for a biggie.
7.6 : DRINKS! Ben Stokes has given Rajasthan a good start. They have lost two wickets but Stokes' counter-attack has given them a chance. Samson has joined him out in the middle and he has looked good so far. They have Jos Buttler still left and they will believe that they can chase this down. Mumbai, on the other hand, need wickets and if they get Stokes out early, then they would believe that they can make inroads. 
Rahul Chahar to Sanju Samson, Floated on middle, Sanju sweeps it to deep mid-wicket and crosses over for a single.
7.5 : Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, Flatter on off, Stokes works it wide of extra cover and takes a single.
7.4 : Rahul Chahar to Sanju Samson, Full on off, Samson drives it to long on for a single.
7.3 : Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, On off, Stokes punches it to long off for a single.
7.24 : Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Ohh, wow! Stokes is in some mood tonight. Loopy ball on middle, Stokes reverse sweeps it to the deep point region for a boundary. 
7.16 : Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, SIX! First six for Stokes in this tournament! It has come after 123 deliveries. Brilliant shot from Stokes. Loopy ball on middle, Stokes goes on his knees and then slogs it over the deep mid-wicket region for a maximum. 
Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, WIDE! Down the leg side, Stokes looks to sweep but misses. Wided.
6.6 : Rahul Chahar is into the attack.
Kieron Pollard to Sanju Samson, On a length outside off, Samson pushes it to point.
6.5 : Kieron Pollard to Ben Stokes,Short ball around middle, Stokes pulls it to long on and takes a single. 
Kieron Pollard to Ben Stokes, WIDE! Good length ball outside off, Stokes dances down the track and looks to cut but misses. Wided.
6.4 : Kieron Pollard to Sanju Samson, On a length on off, Samson drives it to long off for a single.
6.3 : Kieron Pollard to Ben Stokes, Full ball outside off, Stokes drives it to deep cover for a single.
6.2 : Kieron Pollard to Ben Stokes, Good length ball outside off, Stokes looks to cut but fails to get any bat on it. 
0.0 : Kieron Pollard is on.
6.1 : Kieron Pollard to Sanju Samson, Good length ball on middle, Samson flicks it to the leg side for a single.
5.64 : Krunal Pandya to Ben Stokes, TOP EDGE AND FOUR! Hardik Pandya tried hard but fails to get there! Tossed up on middle, Stokes sweeps it to the deep mid-wicket region. Hardik goes after it and dives forward but fails to get hands on it and the ball goes to the fence. Rajasthan are 55 for 2 at the end of the Powerplay. They need 141 in 14 overs.
5.54 : Krunal Pandya to Ben Stokes, FOUR! This time the reverse sweep works! Loopy ball on middle, Stokes goes on his knees and then reverse sweeps it to the third man region for a boundary. 
5.3 : Krunal Pandya to Ben Stokes, Full ball outside off, Stokes drives but finds the cover fielder. 
5.4 : Krunal Pandya to Ben Stokes, Stokes missed out! This should have been punished! Full toss outside off, Stokes hammers it but finds cover. 
5.2 : Krunal Pandya to Ben Stokes, Tossed up outside off, Stokes looks to play the reverse sweep but misses.
0.0 : Krunal Pandya is on.
5.1 : Krunal Pandya to Ben Stokes, Floated on middle, Stokes flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple. 
4.6 : James Pattinson to Sanju Samson, Length ball on middle, Samson works it to mid on.
4.4w : James Pattinson to Steven Smith, OUT! TIMBER! What a ball from James Pattinson. He gets his second wicket and it is the big one of Steven Smith. Pattinson dishes a good length ball on off, it angles in. Smith looks to drive but it takes the inside edge and goes onto hit the stumps. Big wicket for Mumbai. They are on top in this game now. 152 needed in 92 balls.
4.6 : James Pattinson to Sanju Samson, WIDE! Short ball around leg, Samson ducks under it. Wided by the umpire.
4.5 : James Pattinson to Sanju Samson, Back of a length ball on middle, Samson tucks it to mid-wicket. Stokes wants the single but is sent back. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
4.4 : Sanju Samson is the next batsman in.
4.3 : James Pattinson to Steven Smith, Good length ball on middle, Smith looks to play the paddle but fails to make connection.
4.2 : James Pattinson to Ben Stokes, Very full ball on off, Stokes defends it towards mid on and takes a single.
0.0 : James Pattinson is back on.
4.1 : James Pattinson to Ben Stokes, Good length ball on the pads, Stokes plays it over mid on and picks up a couple before the fielder cuts it off.
3.6 : Jasprit Bumrah to Steven Smith, Short ball around off, Smith sways away from it. 
3.56 : Jasprit Bumrah to Steven Smith, SIX! What a shot! Just terrific! Full ball on off, Smith shuffles across and then powers it over deep square leg for a biggie. 
3.4 : Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, Short ball outside off, Stokes punches it towards the point region where the fielder makes a half-stop and the batters collect a single.
3.3 : Jasprit Bumrah to Steven Smith, On a length on middle, Smith defends to mid on off the front foot for a single.
3.2 : Jasprit Bumrah to Steven Smith, Good length ball on middle, Smith defends it out. 
3.14 : Jasprit Bumrah to Steven Smith, FOUR! Brilliant shot from Smith! Good length ball outside off, Smith drives it through the extra cover region for a boundary.
2.64 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Make it 16 from the over! Fullish ball outside off, Stokes makes room and then drives it through the cover region for another boundary.
2.54 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Brilliantly played! Fullish ball on middle, Stokes plays it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
2.44 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Creamed! Shot! Low full toss on the pads, Stokes makes room and then drives it through the mid off region for a boundary.
2.3 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Good length ball on off, Stokes defends it out to point. 
2.24 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Poor ball from Boult and Stokes punishes it. Good length ball on the pads, Stokes flicks it to the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary. 
2.1 : Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Good length ball on middle, Stokes pushes it to mid on. 
1.5 : Steven Smith is the next batsman in.
1.6 : James Pattinson to Steven Smith, Good length ball on middle, Smith flicks it to mid-wicket. 
1.5w : James Pattinson to Robin Uthappa, OUT! CAUGHT! Uthappa plays two lovely shots but plays a poor shot and perishes. This is not what Rajasthan wanted when they are chasing a big score. Short ball around off, Uthappa looks to pull but fails to get it off the middle of the bat. It goes towards mid on where Pollard runs across and takes a simple catch. 
1.44 : James Pattinson to Robin Uthappa, FOUR! Smashed! Good start from Rajasthan so far. Full ball outside off, Uthappa powers it past mid off for a boundary. 
0.6 : James Pattinson to bowl from the other end.
1.3 : James Pattinson to Robin Uthappa, Good length ball on middle, Uthappa flicks it to mid-wicket. 
1.2 : James Pattinson to Robin Uthappa, Full ball on middle, Uthappa plays it to mid on for a dot. 
1.14 : James Pattinson to Robin Uthappa, FOUR! Nicely played from Uthappa! First one of the innings! Short ball on middle, Uthappa pulls it to the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary. 
0.6 : Trent Boult to Robin Uthappa, Full ball on middle, Uthappa flicks it wide of mid on for a single. Just 5 from the first over. 
0.5 : Trent Boult to Robin Uthappa, Back of a length ball on middle, Uthappa defends it out onto the pitch. 
0.4 : Trent Boult to Robin Uthappa, Fullish ball on middle, Uthappa plays it to mid on off the front foot. 
0.3 : Trent Boult to Robin Uthappa, BEATEN! Lovely ball from Boult! Good length ball around off, Uthappa looks to defend but misses it altogether. 
0.2 : Trent Boult to Robin Uthappa, On a length on off, Uthappa plays it to point where the fielder fumbles and the batters take another couple of runs. 
0.1 : We are all set to begin the run chase! The Mumbai players walk out to the middle, followed by Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes. Trent Boult will start with the ball. 
Trent Boult to Robin Uthappa, Good length ball on middle, Uthappa flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.